Bible Diary English

April 6, 2022

First Reading: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Psalm:  Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Glory and praise forever!
Gospel:
Jn 8:31-42 

Wed: Lenten Weekday

Dn 3: 14-20. 91-92. 95/ Dn 3: 52. 53. 54. 55. 56/ Jn 8: 31-42

1st Reading: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
King Nebuchadnezzar questioned them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden statue I have set up? If you hear now the sound of horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and other instruments, will you fall down and worship the statue I made? If you won’t, you know the punishment: you will immediately be thrown into a burning furnace. And then what god can deliver you out of my hands?”
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego answered, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we need not defend ourselves before you on this matter. If you order us to be thrown into the furnace, the God we serve will rescue us. But even if he won’t, we would like you to know, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up.”
Nebuchadnezzar’s face reddened with fury as he looked at Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of his strongest soldiers to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the burning furnace.
Then king Nebuchadnezzar suddenly rose up in great amazement and asked his counselors, “Did we not throw three men bound into the fire?” They answered, “Certainly.” The king said, “But I can see four men walking about freely through the fire, without suffering any harm; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent his angel to free his servants. Who, trusting in him, disobeyed the king’s order; and preferred to give their bodies to the fire rather than serve and worship any other god but their God.

Responsorial Psalm; Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Glory and praise forever!

Gospel: Jn 8:31-42
Jesus went on to say to the Jews who believed in him, “You will be my true disciples, if you keep my word. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are the descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves of anyone. What do you mean by saying: You will be free?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave. But the slave doesn’t stay in the house forever; the son stays forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be really free.
I know that you are the descendants of Abraham; yet you want to kill me because my word finds no place in you. For my part, I speak of what I have seen in my Father’s presence, but you do what you have learned from your father.”
They answered him, “Our father is Abraham.” Then Jesus said, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do as Abraham did. But now you want to kill me, the one who tells you the truth—the truth that I have learned from God. That is not what Abraham did; what you are doing are the works of your father.”
The Jews said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; we have one Father, God.” Jesus replied, “If God were your Father you would love me, for I came forth from God, and I am here. And I didn’t come by my own decision, but it was he himself who sent me.

 

 

Reflection:

 

The Truth
We are closing in on the week of the Passion and across these days, John presents the conflict between Jesus and his opponents as escalating. That Jesus is from ‘above’ who does not fit into the schemes of ‘below’ is further intensified by the discourse on the Truth. Having learned the Truth from the Father, Jesus becomes the Truth that offers itself to the world to embrace so that the world would experience authentic freedom. But the world does not want the Truth. “What is Truth?” Pilate asks; and Jesus remains silent: If one cannot see, recognize, and claim the Truth that stands right in front in flesh and blood, what’s the point of more verbal noise? We do not want to do so and pull up veils over our eyes, because accepting the Truth would demand a conversion of hearts and change of ways. So we prefer to continue our lives of lies and partial truths, so convenient, yet so false!

 

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